Post Date:
February 7, 2020
Application Due:
March 15, 2020

Full time



The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 360,000 books and periodicals, and 100,000 auction catalogs. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

Position Summary

The photographer is a member of the Curatorial Department. S/he reports to the Chief Curator and is responsible for photographing works of art, objects, books and other holdings of the Collection as well as the interiors and exteriors of the historic Frick family residence and library buildings. The photographer works closely with the Curators, Conservation, Editorial, Public Relations, Education, Information Systems and Retail and Visitors Services Departments. S/he provides digital photography services of works for cataloguing purposes, scholarly use and publication and for reproduction of museum shop merchandise. The photographer routinely photographs special exhibitions, conservation projects and educational programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in photography or related field.
  • Extensive experience, minimum 5 years, photographing works of art or as a museum photographer.
  • Makes every effort to ensure the safety of the artwork(s) during the capture process.
  • Training in proper lighting techniques for paintings, sculpture, art objects, and architectural interiors/exteriors, within a variety of conditions: studio, galleries, outdoor, in situ, and off-site to produce images for publication (print and online).
  • Knowledgeable about color temperature, lighting ratios, color theory and color management—particularly as it relates to camera and monitor calibration—and applies appropriate targets and profiles as part of the capture/editing process.
  • Experienced in digital imaging, including camera systems, digital asset management systems, capturing, processing, scanning, and printing. Specifically, processing camera raw files, and when necessary, editing to create derivatives, including color and tonal correction, clipping paths, masking, and compositing; Proficiency with Macintosh OS X and imaging and data asset management software, such as Photoshop, Bridge, LightRoom, Xinet, CaptureOne; some knowledge of Photogrammetry, RTI, 3-D capture and software would be useful.
  • Works with the expectation that images are finished in the Studio and not through editing software, understands and implements best practices for capture protocol (FADGI or Metamorfoze) and storing digital photographs, keeping up-to-date with imaging technologies, and maintaining and calibrating equipment.
  • Organized, dependable, creative, and able to work in an environment with multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong inter-personal skills are required. Must be able to work independently.

Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected. Other benefits include Short and Long Term Disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service, 13 paid holidays, and accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment. All employees may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. The Frick provides employees with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and an on-site employee dining service. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Application Process

Please send resume with salary requirements to:

Chief Curator, Include “Photographer” in subject line of email.
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Deadline for applications: March 15, 2020

No phone calls please. Inquiries without cover letter and salary requirements will not be considered

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.